All posts for the month September, 2016

Autumn/Fall Nails

Published September 26, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is kind of an autumn tree-loosing-it’s-leaves look. It was inspired by a gorgeous design by @talialouisenails on Instagram.The design was really easy to do, and I was surprised how little time it took too. To give it a go yourself you’ll need a nude base colour, a black polish for the tree trunk/branches, three autumn leaf coloured polishes, a thin nail art brush, and two dotting tools (one small and one medium to large).The polishes I used are Chocolate Milkshake, Jet Black, Rosebud, Ginger, Mars, and Canary, all by Technic. I wanted a light orangey/yellow for my third colour, so I mixed Mars and Canary to get this. For the dots I used a double ended dotting tool.

Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two thin coats of your nude polish and let it dry.
Step 2: with your nail art brush and black polish, paint a rough tree trunk shape on one nail with branches touching the edges of your nail, and the carry the wispy branches over the other nails on each side (this doesn’t have to be neat, so don’t worry).
Step 3: take the darkest of your autumn colours and place some large dots over the branches, and some smaller ones further out.
Step 4: repeat this with the second colour (don’t forget to wipe off the dotting tool inbetween colours).
Step 5: then again with the lightest colour, and give the polish a little time to dry.
Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

This design would look great with a matte topcoat too, so if you have one give it a go. I hope you liked it!

Kirsteen x


LFW Inspired Nails

Published September 19, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. London Fashion Week is happening right now and this week’s nails are inspired but the gorgeous animal prints and pastels on the Topshop runway.If you want to check out my inspiration head over to Topshop’s Instagram page (@Topshop), or search #TopshopUnique. To try it out you’ll need a white polish, a black, a shimmery pastel polish, thin nail art brush, and a makeup sponge.I’ve used Technic’s White, Jet Black, and Violet.

 Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let it dry.

Step 2: paint some thin zebra stripes over three quarters of your nails using your black polish and nail art brush.
Step 3: use your makeup sponge to apply your shimmery pastel colour to the rest of your nails, slightly overlapping the zebra print.
Step 4: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and check out all the London Fashion Week posts on Instagram for more inspiration.
Kirsteen x

Easy Scalloped Nails

Published September 5, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Another throwback nail look I’ve been seeing everywhere recently is scalloped nails. I didn’t try them when they were doing the rounds originally, so I couldn’t wait to try them this time around.They were really easy to do, but a little time consuming. So if you don’t have a lot of time it would look fab as an accent nail too. All you’ll need is four polishes and a large dotting tool. Tip: give each layer a few minutes to dry, and clean your dotting tool inbetween polishes.For mine, I used Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake, Rosebud, Cornflower, and Ginger.

Step 1: paint a thin coat of your first colour on your nails, then a second coat on just the bottom third.
Step 2: take your dotting tool and place a row of dots using your second colour just below your cuticles.
Step 3: move on to your third colour and place the row of dots so it just slightly overlaps the second colour.
Step 4: repeat this with your fourth colour…
Step 5: and then back to your first colour again.
Step 6: repeat steps 2 to 5 until you reach the tips of your nails.
Step 7: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go as a full mani or just one or two accent nails!

Kirsteen x